“I know I’m going to talk to Karlsson back and forth, kind of see what money he’s looking for. I’ll kind of look at what money I’m looking for,” Doughty said. “I don’t know if he’s going to re-sign with Ottawa, I don’t know if I’ll re-sign with L.A. You just never know what’s going to happen.”Doughty and Karlsson are set to headline a class that could also feature Oliver Ekman-Larrson, Ryan McDonagh, Tyler Myers and Ryan Ellis--if extensions don't get done. It looks like Doughty is looking forward to testing the market and eager to keeping his options open. He even went so far as to say that he feels he and Karlsson are worth much more than the $9 million that P.K. Subban currently makes:
Translation: Don't expect a hometown discount for him to play in the L.A. It doesn't even sound likely that he'll end up there. “Growing up, watching them every single time, it’s hard to say you’d never want to play for the Leafs,” Ontario native Doughty told Custance about the Leafs. Doughty appears to be having a lot of fun with this. But it must be noted that he still toes the company line in pretty much each conversation about his pending free agency. Here more from the Custance Athletic piece.
Oh man this is a quote. pic.twitter.com/zK2mmefAEo— dellowhockey (@dellowhockey) November 29, 2017
“I love this organization. I love the players. That’s where I would really, really, really feel bad, if I left some of the players. I’ve done so much in this organization. I’m comfortable here. L.A. is going to be my No. 1 choice to re-sign here. But you never know what can happen, right?”The summer of '19 is a long way off and Doughty will be 29 when it gets here. At just a shade past his prime how much will he get for a contract that takes him all the way up to age 37? Karlsson will also be 29--the pair have combined to win three of the last six Norris Trophies. Stay tuned.